Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.
The middle child of a Baptist minister, he was born Michael King, Jr. In 1931, his father succeeded his grandfather as pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. It was at this time that his father changed his name to Martin, in honor of the German Protestant leader Martin Luther. Michael Jr. eventually adopted this name change as well.